Have you ever built your own six-pack of beer? It's awesome for a multitude of reasons and exactly what I want to talk about this week. Why? Because I can do it at my grocery store and? It's awesome. It also makes for a lot of indecisiveness on my part. So many options!
Now, that's exactly why I like having the ability to build my own six-pack: the options. Buying a six-pack of one brew is a big commitment. What if you don't like it? Sure, I can contribute to the collection for parties, but I don't always like running that risk.
Then there's the convenience factor: what if you like one type of beer, but your significant other likes something else? That's kind of true in our house - I'll drink pretty much any type of beer, but I favor IPAs, whereas my husband likes less bitter brews. Building a six-pack makes it easier for us both to get something we like, without loading the fridge up and leaving little room for food.
Of course, what if you want to branch out and try something new? Building a six-pack can let you try a variety of brew styles, or focus on multiple brands of the same style. For example, my most recently built six-pack included four IPAs and two seasonal (pumpkin) brews, allowing me to try some new brands and flavors, all within styles I enjoy.
But - there's always a but, isn't there? Choosing your own can get a little overwhelming especially when faced with dozens of options - many appealing. What then? In those cases, when I find myself thinking there are too many choices, I start narrowing down by brands I've tried and brews I've not tried within them. Or picking by label (I'll be the first to admit: I am a huge sucker for packaging). If that's not working for me, I'll choose a style and pick randomly until I've filled a six-pack.
The best part is that this gives you something new to try every time you're in the mood for a new brew, or gives you options to sip around the bonfire with your partner, friends, or just because. Choosing your six-pack can be overwhelming, but it's also really fun, and a great way to check out new-to-you brews.